Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day are Observed Monday

Monday is Columbus Day in the United States. It is a federal holiday that honors Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who is often called the “discoverer” of the Americas.

As he did last year, U.S. President Joe Biden has also named Monday “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” His proclamation doesn’t make Indigenous Peoples’ Day a federal holiday, even though it says it should be celebrated on the same day as Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.

Native Americans and other groups have always been offended by Columbus Day because it has always ignored the death, destruction, and disease that Columbus and his crew brought to the Americas.

A holiday that honors the fact that people lived in the Americas thousands of years before Columbus is slowly gaining popularity in the U.S. On the second Monday of October, more than 12 states and numerous cities officially recognize Native Americans’ contributions.

Columbus Day is still on the calendar in most of the U.S., and many people will remember him on Monday.

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